Posted: 29/07/2014 at 01:57
Marathon #92 (career, that is, not this year), Bath
Felt a little bit uneasy on the start line of this one after about two months of sleep deprivation (work-related) and next to no training. Got chatting to someone I know quite well who has done 311 marathons and rated Bath in his top 3 toughest . Not what I wanted to hear at all. At the top of his list was one called the 'picnic' which presumably isn't?
A combination of heat, hills (including two ascents of Solsbury Hill of Peter Gabriel fame), and terrain, some of it quite technical, led to a slow time but I was pleased to keep going quite strongly over the last few miles. Except for the last one. At mile 25 a cheery marshal was announcing, 'All uphill now to the finish!' And he wasn't joking.
There was an ominous incident about mile 2, and I wasn't to blame at all, where the whole field went wrong and got lost in some woods. The heated discussions from the 100-odd runners that ensued were quite hilarious. It was meant to be waymarked but at this critical point there were no signs, marking tape, balloons, or a friendly marshal, all of which were present at most other difficult route choices. We eventually found the right route but probably lost 10-15 minutes.